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Rollover (1981)

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An Arab oil organization devises a plan to wreck the world economy in order to cause anarchy and chaos.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hubbell Smith
Maxwell Emery
Roy Lefcourt
Sal Naftari
Jerry Fewster
Ron Frazier ...
Gil Hovey
Betsy Okamoto
Crocker Nevin ...
Warner Ackerman
Marvin Chatinover ...
Henry Lipscomb
Ira Wheeler ...
Mr. Whitelaw (as Ira B. Wheeler)
Paul Hecht ...
Norman Snow ...
Nelly Hoyos ...
Sally Sockwell ...
Mrs. Fewster


An Arab oil organization devises a plan to wreck the world economy in order to cause anarchy and chaos.

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The most erotic thing in their world was money.


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11 December 1981 (USA)  »

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The name of the petro-chemical company was Winterchem Enterprises whilst the name of the New York bank was the Borough National Bank. The size of the loan from Saudi Arabia was $500 million whilst the number of the bank account was Account Number 21214. See more »


[last lines]
Hubbell Smith: I've been worried about you.
Lee Winters: How are you?
Hubbell Smith: Like everybody else. Looking for a way to begin again.
Lee Winters: You're gonna need a partner.
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"Rollover" and fall asleep...

Possibly attempting to do for the world of finance what she'd done to nuclear power in "The China Syndrome"(1979), this Jane Fonda melodrama is a poor investment for any serious movie fan.

The story is very hard to follow and poorly constructed with shallow characters. The story is not terribly easy to grasp for the average person in my opinion and not presented to the audience clearly enough-nor well enough to garner much interest and/or curiosity. Fonda appears bored, while still trying to appear smart and glamorous, in her role. Kris Kristofferson is simply a case of very bad casting. Despite some efforts to make him physically appear like a big-time banker, he comes off flat and stiff in his role. Whether talking down a bank president or talking Fonda into bed, all his lines are delivered in a blank monotone style that conveys nothing. We also are never given much background or motivation for the events and doings of the people wandering about this epic of high finance. Fonda and Kristofferson's first meeting isn't much of an icebreaker, yet the two are bedding down together by their second or third encounter.

The film is directed by Alan J. Pakula and it looks much like other works for him. Secret meetings in parking lots and suspect late night boardroom conferences may appear to be the things that make up a good thriller, but here they are simply padding between the great nothingness that amounts to two-hours of dull slow paced cliche filled dialog from weak characters that you never grow to care much about. The movie's heavy-handed and overly-dramatic musical score makes many scenes nearly laughable.

There's little to recommended beyond those morbidly curious to see a bad movie, which is why I obtained a copy of it. On that level, it does pay a modest dividend.

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